I always order tap water in a restaurant. I just don’t see the need for another bottle of water opened (when I’d much rather be opening a bottle of wine anyway). That aside, I was pleased to meet Wes Dirksengale of Vivreau Water systems over the weekend at Edible Canada’s grand opening event.

Wes is Vivreau Canada’s VP of Hospitality Sales. In the long-winded bottled water battle for sustainability, Vivreau is the environmentally friendly alternative to bottled water. Pure still and sparkling water can be made onsite, later put into beautifully designed glass bottles and brought to the table. I experienced Vivreau’s water when my husband and I dined at Aura in Whistler this past summer. We marveled at the fact that the bottle had been recycled several times and still managed to look so presentable.

Vivreau system

The company has grown from its humble UK headquarters to worldwide representation, including the USA, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, the Caribbean, Pacific Islands and Canada. The water is attained by connecting the system to existing water mains. The Vivreau bottle keeps sparkling water fresh for more than a week, making it an ideal solution for catering events and parties.

The A-list includes Shangri La Hotel, Hawksworth, UBC’s new CIRS Building, Augusta National Golf Club, Harvard University, Columbia University, Hy’s of Canada, Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, Opus Hotel, Chambar Restaurant, Le Gavroche, Sutton Place Hotel, Joe Fortes, Glowbal Group, Uva Wine Bar, Boneta, Lupo, Renaissance Hotel, Brix, Blackrock Oceanfront Resort, Poet’s Cove Resort, Cork and Fin, Rain City Grill, Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, Nita Lake Lodge Whistler, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Living Room Calgary, River Café Calgary, Boxwood Café Calgary, Ki Modern Japanese Vancouver and Calgary, Granville Island Hotel, Alta Bistro Whistler, Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Winery, and Mission Hill Winery.

An equally exhaustive corporate client list includes The White House (!), British Airways and Virgin Airways first class lounges, BMO, Bank of America, Price Waterhouse Coppers, Ernest & Young, KPMG, Dell, Sony, Accenture, Microsoft, HSBC, AT&T, BMW, Mercedes, VISA, Oracle, ING, Nokia, Sony and Rolls Royce.

Quite an impressive group of companies aiming to do the environment a good turn.

If you think that your company or event could benefit from Vivreau’s green alternative to bottled water, contact them via the website.

PS – I have no relation to Vivreau nor was I paid to write this article. I simply wanted to share something with my readers that motivates environmental responsibility.


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